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Tsunami warning for California tonight

Posted by Sylvia on September 29, 2009, 7:28 pm

Here's what's happening up here tonight:

Tsunami advisory issued for Bay Area

Chronicle Staff Report

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

(09-29) 16:59 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A tsunami advisory has been issued for tonight along the Bay Area oceanfront and the rest of coastal California because of an 8.3 earthquake that struck American Samoa.

The National Weather Service's tsunami warning center issued the advisory for the coast from the Mexican border to the Oregon-Washington border.

The center said no widespread inundation was expected for any of the areas under the advisory, but that large waves and strong currents could lead to dangerous conditions along the coast.

The center said a tsunami is possible along the San Francisco coast and nearby areas starting around 9:30 p.m. The threat will last for several hours, the center said. It said a tsunami with an amplitude between 20 centimeters and 65 centimeters was likely to hit the coast.

People should stay out of the water and move off the beach and coastal harbors and marinas, the center said.

No evacuations have been ordered.

A tsunami that struck American Samoa shortly after today's earthquake killed at least 14 people.

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